Get Rid of Rodents Once and For ALL!
The very first thing you need to understand about any rodent that comes into your home, although you may not want to hurt or kill it, but if you don’t remove a pest one way or another, I can guarantee you will end up with an infestation that will not only be very destructive to your home (rats and mice chew through anything and cause home owner’s billions of dollars in repairs each year), there are serious health risks involved as well.
Whether you live in the country or a big city, chances are you’ve dealt with rodents a time or two. These little critters may be cute but they are a huge health risk to you and your loved ones and they need to go. There are more than a few methods of getting rid of rodents, but for this article we’re going to focus on the more eco-friendly methods.
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Poison should never be used since it is too dangerous, especially if you have children or pets. Rodents that eat this poison usually don’t die right away, and end up expiring in your walls or in hard to find places. The stench can be unbearable and can take weeks if not months to dissipate.
Instead of using harmful chemicals, let’s talk about some other ways to get rid of rodents that are just as effective. The first is the live trap, a favorite among those who cannot come to terms with dealing out death to small creatures.
Keep in mind that there are some health risks involved with these traps, since you will be able to breath in the fumes or dust from their excretions, but if you simply cannot kill them, this is a humane way of getting rid of rodents.
You’ll need to place your live trap in an area that is frequented by the rodents and then you’re going to need to check it often. There’s no point of going to the trouble of trapping them alive if you let them starve to death.
Keep in mind however that once you have one rodent in there it’s a lot easier to attract others. Never leave them in there alive for more than two days. Once your trap is full, you can take it to a wooded area or open space and release them.
Never release them too close to your home, since they’ll just move right back in.
If you don’t want to handle live rodents (and not many people do) there are numerous different kinds of traps that can be used. Glue traps are common, but not recommended. They are actually pretty cruel and too often family pets end up trapped in them as well. It can take days for the rodent to die a very painful death in a glue trap, or they may chew off their own limbs to escape. Not pretty and a serious mess to clean up.
This leaves quick death traps which are highly recommended and the safest to use.
The simple smack ‘em on the neck traps are the cheapest and with the right type of bait, work very well. You’ll still have to handle the dead mouse though and there is the potential for spreading disease.
The best trap is the type that looks like a live trap but will electrocute the rodent as soon as it enters like the Rat Zapper Ultra which works with electricity. This is also a “nicer way of killing a rodent as they kill them quickly with a high voltage electric shock that kills the rat or mouse pretty much instantly. Think of it as an electric chair for rodents. . This is the quickest and most pain free death for the rodent and you don’t have to touch the body to dispose of it.
Rodents may be cute but they are also deadly. If you’ve got an infestation, it’s vital to take care of it the right away.